Kaepernick ‘honored’ by GQ award
COLIN Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the US national anthem last year to protest police brutality against African Americans, was named “Citizen of the Year” on Monday by GQ magazine.
In making the selection, GQ compared Kaepernick to sports icons such as Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War, and Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball.
“He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL – all because he took a knee to protest police brutality,” the magazine said.
“But Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson – athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”
Kaepernick declined to be interviewed for the GQ article but put out a tweet saying he was “honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year”.